Kent Council secures 110,000 sq ft pre-let

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Kent Council has secured a 110,000sq ft warehouse on a pre-let basis on Europa Capital and Goodman’s 232,000 sq ft New Hythe Commercial Park scheme in Kent.

The facility will be occupied by Kent County Supplies (KCS), the Education Supplies Division of Commercial Services, which is KCC’s wholly-owned trading company. The council has agreed a 25 year lease.

The development of the new building will be funded by Europa Capital and Goodman and will be completed and ready for occupation by Kent County Supplies by the end of the 2013 calendar year.

The letting is the first agreed at New Hythe Commercial Park, and follows news earlier this year that Goodman has secured detailed planning permission to develop three Grade A warehouses on site, totalling 232,000 sq ft of high quality warehouse space.

New Hythe Commercial Park is situated 1.5 miles from Junction 4 of the M20, and only 14 miles from the M25, providing convenient access to the South East and wider UK transport network. A further 5.5 acres of land is available for the development of additional units.

Ian McPherson, Managing Director of Commercial Services said: “Commercial Services, as a company wholly-owned by Kent County Council,  is undergoing a major organisational transformation to place it in a much stronger and commercially agile position to meet the challenges of the future in returning superior value to its shareholder, KCC. This new warehouse and office complex will support this strategy in providing a completely fit-for-purpose operational base for Kent County Supplies, one of the key divisions within Commercial Services, supplying products and services to a widespread educational customer base, comprising schools and colleges across the south east of England and beyond.”

CBRE and Altus Edwin Hill represented Goodman and Europa Capital. Michael Rogers represented Commercial Services.

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